At its February meeting, LHNCC noted that there is no direct bus from Leith to the Western General Hospital – instead people need to alight at Crewe toll, then walk to the hospital. It therefore decided to campaign for the 21 route to be extended into the hospital, as happens with other routes, and to ask neighbouring CCs to join this campaign.
LHNCC wrote to LRT, copying this to neighbouring CCs. Support has been received from Trinity CC, Leith Links CC and Granton & District CCs.
However, LRT has not been so receptive. They have emailed:
[Name redacted by LHNCC] has passed on your letter with regards to a potential route change to Service 21, and asked me to review this.
Firstly, thank you for contacting us to provide feedback on behalf of the Leith Harbour and Newhaven Community Council. A route revision of Service 21 to serve the Western General Hospital would increase the journey times for the significant number of people travelling through this section of the route who are not going to the hospital. Increased journey times would have the potential to decrease the number of passenger journeys as the service would be seen as less attractive for cross-city travel. Additionally, the extra time needed for this route extension would lead to an increase in the amount of resources required to operate the service in terms of buses and drivers, which would increase operating costs. Continue reading